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Northwestern Saskatchewan

Crop District 9AW – Shellbrook, North Battleford, Big River and Hafford areas;
Crop District 9B – Meadow Lake, Turtleford, Pierceland, Maidstone and Lloydminster areas

For the Period May 19 to 25, 2020

Crop District Per cent Seeded
(May 25, 2020)
9AW 71
9B 81
Region average 75

Seventy-five per cent of the crop is seeded, up from 38 per cent last week and on track with the five-year average of 74 per cent (2015-2019) for this time of year. Rain in the region delayed seeding for some farmers, but it has since continued.

There was rainfall throughout the northwest region this week. The Hafford area received the highest amount with 79 mm. The Duck Lake area received 73 mm, the Spiritwood area 28 mm, the Glaslyn area 23, the Barthel area 17 mm and the Frenchman Butte area 13 mm.

Moisture conditions in the area are good to support crop, pasture and hay land development. Cool temperatures over the past few weeks have greatly reduced pasture growth and slowed crop development. Cropland topsoil moisture is rated as five per cent surplus and 95 per cent adequate. Hay and pasture land topsoil moisture is rated as four per cent surplus, 94 per cent adequate and two per cent short. Pasture conditions are rated as six per cent excellent, 64 per cent good, 29 per cent fair and one per cent poor.

Overall, crop development is normal to behind for this time of year. Emergence has been delayed due to cool conditions. There were reports of light frosts in the region and farmers are continuing to assess damage.

Farmers are busy seeding, processing and moving cattle into pastures, and rock picking.

Crop Development -May 25, 2020


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